Posts in Category: Night Photography

Quick Snap

Quick Snap

It was a cold wintery day in Riverside, Ca. I was losing light rapidly. I only had a few minutes while the wedding planner was tapping her foot right behind me. I went straight to my go-to shot on a golf course, and the result was gorgeous

Caption: canyon crest country club wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Copyright: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Shot at 24 mm (shot wide open)
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 1250
Flash: Off camera, Fired
Keywords: canyon crest country club, golf course, wedding
Date: December 11, 2016 4:41:30PM
Location: Riverside, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.948508, -117.333513

Master of Light

I have seen this shot many times by other photographers. I have been waiting for the opportunity to prove I could make this shot happen, and even better than I have seen it done before. Finally, by chance, a bride booked me for the location – The Coronado Community Center. I already knew in my head that it would take three lights, I just wasn’t sure where I was going to put the lights. I knew that I had to have one on a small lightstand right behind the couple, and one to camera right of the couple. The third light was going to go where? Well, after testing the shot with my assistant, I figured out that the third light went in the front of the fountain at camera left.

I did all this during the wedding. While everyone was eating we grabbed three lights, and stands and went out and fired a few test shots. After I was ready to go, I simply went inside and asked the couple to come out for great night shot. I think I took 4 frames, and the one below was my favorite. There is no “Photoshop”, this is pretty much right out of the camera with the exception of some brushes in Lightroom.

I could not believe that the shot was that simple. Just a few test shots, and then bam.. nailed it!

Caption: Coronado Community Center Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800
Flash: Off Camera, Fired
Keywords: Coronado, coronado community center, san diego, wedding
Date: April 15, 2016 7:50:54PM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.677116, -117.171884

Coronado Community Center Wedding

Coronado Community Center Wedding

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding

The sun was going down, and we were on the golf course. The bride wanted something special in the middle on the green. I took my small lightstand with one strobe on it, and placed it strategically behind the couple. I had done this many times in the past, so I knew what I was going to get. When I pulled the trigger, and showed the bride, her eyes lit up.

Caption: Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/40 sec, f/4.5, ISO 800
Flash: Off Camera Strobe, On, Fired
Keywords: 9th hole, backlit, bride, golf course, golf green, groom, los coyotes country club, night photography, silhouette, strobist, wedding, wedding strobist
Date: November 6, 2015 5:15:07PM
Location: Buena Park, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.888124, -117.977122

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding

Los Coyotes Country Club Wedding

Radio City Music Hall

Caption: Radio City Music Hall
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF20mm f/2.8 USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 800, Compensation: +2/3
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: manhattan, neon, new york, new york city, night photography, radio city music hall
Date: October 20, 2011 6:39:30PM
Location: Midtown Manhattan, New York, United States
Latitude/longitude: 40.759888, -73.980268

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Wayfarers Chapel Wedding

Wayfarers Chapel wedding. I shot this at 9pm in the evening. The exposure was almost 2 seconds. I had the couple freeze during the exposure, and used a low power strobe to help make them pop. To the naked eye it was pitch black, I couldn’t see very much at all. I had to use a flashlight to focus before taking the shot. I had no idea that the clouds and stars were there before I took the shot. I was pleasantly surprised with the resulting image. Very minor adjustments were made in Photoshop.

Caption: Wayfarers Chapel wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 28 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1.6 sec, f/4, ISO 2500
Off Camera Flash: On, Fired
Keywords: bride and groom, long exposure, night, night photography, stars, strobist, wayfarers chapel, wedding, wedding photography
Date: September 26, 2015 9:04:24PM
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.743270, -118.377730

Wayfarers Chapel wedding

Wayfarers Chapel wedding